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Earth Day Giveaway! (Ended)

 

 

 

 

Congrats to

M a r y  C i v i s

who won our Earth Day giveaway!!  We’ll get your goodies shipped out right away!!

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Earth Day is an important day for our planet.  It is a day when we refocus our heart and reevaluate what we doing as people for the good of the Earth.  Each year the effort is to focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time.  This year’s focus is on Green Cities; building sustainable communities through:

1)  Investing in sustainable technology

2) forward-thinking public policy

3)  Educating the public

4)  Calling the public to action

How can you help?

Take part in Earth Day Events.

Get educated & educate others starting with these Rescources.

Join the global movement through Online Activism, & Local Campaigns.

Whatever you choose to do makes a difference.  Small, beautiful things like planting a tree with your child & raising them educated about their life’s impact on the world around them.  What will your family choose to do?

Over at Oh Baby Foods we’re fired up about Earth Day! So, in on honor of Earth Day tomorrow we would like to give away a Basket of THIRTY Oh Baby Foods’ purees; 1 month’s supply!! Celebrate Earth each day for the next thirty days by giving your child a product that are regionally-raised, does not use Genetically Modified Organisms, and uses produce that are certified organic through the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Just follow the instructions on the widget below to enter!

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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Have you ever used natural dyes to dye your Easter eggs?  Fran, our owner, wanted to share her experience dyeing eggs naturally with her children.

The method she used came from kaleyann.com.  There you can get the breakdown on how to make each color.  The dyes are all from sources you may already have in your kitchen: cabbage, coffee, spinach, beets, turmeric, blueberries & paprika.

Once you figure out what colors you want to do, just boil your natural ingredients in 2 cups of water with salt.  Next, pour them into mason jars, add the vinegar & hard boiled eggs.   You can play with the amount of time you let the eggs soak in the mixture to get the colors you want (from a few hours to overnight).

Fran had her girls decorate theirs first by drawing on them with crayons:

Kids Dyeing Eggs

 

Look at these sweet girls- proud of their eggs:

Proud Kiddos

 

This is what her jars looked like:

Eggs in the dye

 

Fran had the best luck with acai, beets & curry for brighter hues.

If you try this, let us know!  We’d love to see how they turned out!!

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Yes, that time is here again. The time when you fetch all the crafty stuff boxes from the garage or run around to craft stores searching for something unique. You steer your kids away from pics of the complicated multi-step Valentines and the sugary licensed super-hero objects, and towards the simple, healthy, quick projects that you can proudly post to Pinterest. They love those, right?

We get it. And we have a solution.

Meet the Oh Baby Squeeze Valentines for kids of all ages. Print, cut, glue, tie, and then drop these off with your baby, toddler, and preschooler, and your Valentines duty is done. No sugar rush involved and you become that parent that teachers love and remember.

We must thank The Funky Polkadot Giraffe for this original idea and the template. She is so creative! And generous to share.

Use the templates below and let us know how it worked out. Send a pic and we’ll share with parents in the same boat. Have fun!

Valentine Squeeze Inner PDF

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Sneaky Mac-N-Cheesy: recipe for toddlers

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Who doesn’t love mac-n-cheese? Homemade or out of the box, parents can count on their kiddos to ask for more. This Oh Baby recipe adds a huge helping of Vitamins A & C thanks to Wise Punkin, which is the same color as the “regular” recipe.

Disclaimer: this stuff is good. I mean really good. As long as you use quality ingredients, it is good for you. AND I’m sure you deserve it. 

3 C                med shell macaroni, uncooked
1 Tbsp          olive oil
2 Tbsp          whole wheat flour
1 C                whole milk
1 C                plain yogurt
2 pouches     Wise Punkin Oh Baby puree
2 C                cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/4 C             Parmesan (grated)
dash              topping of choice: herbs, panko

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Cook macaroni al dente. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat, add flour, cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to thicken, 3-5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 of cheddar and all of Parmesan cheeses, cook and stir until melted. Add Wise Punkin and yogurt to the mixture.  Once blended, stir in cooked and drained macaroni. Place in a 1-1/2qt baking dish.  Top with remaining cheddar and any other topping: herbs, panko, etc. Bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes. Any of the above dairy products may be substituted with low-fat options.

With each serving of Wise Punkin, you’re also adding:

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* %DV based on FDA RDA for infants and children under four years of age.

Snacky Recipe: Wise Punkin Poppers

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When the holidays roll around, I get snacky. Here’s a favorite recipe at our house; all of us, from mom and dad to sister and brother, like these little Wise Punkin Poppers. Simple and snacky. Enjoy! – Fran

Wise Punkin Poppers for toddlers:

3 (4oz) pouches Wise Punkin
5oz thawed frozen or fresh corn (~1C)
1/3C corn meal mix
1/3C shredded cheddar
1 egg (beaten)
2T veggie oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
dash salt

Mix all ingredients (except cheese) & pour into mini-muffin tin. Top with cheese (and tomatillo salsa for adults!). Bake at 375 for ~15 mins. DELICIOUS!

And the Moon Still Lives

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I just watched the full moon rise with my baby boy sleeping in my arms. I tell you, looking up was peaceful, but jarring. It made me realize: this was the first time I’ve seen this big ol’ full moon rise since he arrived…10 months ago. And it made me wonder: when was the last time I looked up at night? How could I, someone who grew up wanting so desperately to be an astronaut, who “settled” on getting her pilot’s license instead, who has lived without a telescope for only a fraction of her life, lose track of lunar status?

And as he slept in my arms and cicadas sang around us, I remembered specific full moons. I remembered standing in a cotton field in the Arkansas Delta with my dad and a telescope after having a few scotches; I remembered being on a boat with 2,000 head of cattle and billions of stars in the Strait of Magellan, off the coast of Chile; I remembered this particular group of Ozarkian friends, who consisted of my now husband.

And I then remembered little moments of joy, strength, peace that had nothing to do with that old moon…and they all involved my kids in some way. Funny, huh? And I was consoled; I hadn’t missed a thing in the past 10 months. In fact, I’ve experienced…wholeheartedly…and the moon still lives.

~ Fran
(satisfied mama and very occasional moongazer)

4 Tools of the Mompreneur

One of the top questions I get asked: “Fran, how do you run a business AND a family?” Usually followed by a common comment: “I mean, you’ve taken on some big roles here.”

So, I’ve intended for quite some time to write a blog about how I do this whole Mompreneur thing, and I suppose this is blog entry #1.

On the whole, I can handle the day-to-day operations of running and growing a business and I consider myself somewhat of a darn good mom and wife. There are those days that are nothing more than an unresolvable puzzle. We all have those, not just those of us behind the helm of a baby food company. But, onward to the solvable stuff.

Today you’ve caught me in a reflective moment of recovery and excitement: I spent last week chatting with buyers from around the country and next week I’ll be on the production floor, producing our largest lot of baby food yet! How best to use my down time this weekend? Naturally, writing a first blog entry.

On a very basic level, there are four tools I keep in my survival kit; these are what I’d like to showcase today.

#1 – Good food
Being gluten-free and having somewhat of a renegade digestive system, I literally could not function without good food. This is the number one rule I follow when travelling, too. Fresh greens, lightly cooked whole foods, lean proteins.

#2 – Exercise
This has recently resurfaced in my life, and it’s been since high school since I’ve had a regular routine! I owe this to no one but my husband; with his regimens, I’m way too embarrassed to confess to him when I don’t go for a run around the lake, or a bike ride, or even a walk around downtown between conference calls. Again, while travelling, I have to go for a morning exertion of energy or I get lazy and cranky. (AND I’m proud to say that I’m now back to the same weight as high school. Ooh, did I really have to say that? Yes, I’ve been working hard on this and need to brag a little.)

#3 – Sleep
I do not reach my goals and I get just get plain weird without proper sleep. Deep and full sleep is the first thing to go when I fall under stress, and it is one viscous cycle. If I lose one good night of sleep, I know that consistently three more sleepless nights are to follow. I also know that it does not make sense for me to stay at the office during those days. It pays for me to go home, rest, and jump back in the saddle when I can wrangle that horse.

#4 – Pajamas
Yes, pajamas are absolutely integral. I have no qualms with admitting that I sometimes spend upwards of 8 hours a weekend day (during daylight hours) in my pajamas. I can relax, do some home chores, cook a damn good meal and evidently, write a first blog post in them. I once spent $180 on a super-soft organic cotton pair of pajamas and have never looked back. Invest in a good pair; your entire being will benefit from it, trust me.

Onward & Upward,
Fran

Cloth Diapers: Oh Mama at the choices

Blueberry Simplex, all-in-one that is currently on my baby's bottom

Okay, so you’ve always said you’d use them and that they’re really the only way to go: environment, healthy family, money-saving, super-cute fabrics, organic living, easier to potty train, all that…right? Yep. Baby arrives in T-minus-soon…curtain call. Which diaper do you use?

Good question. And one with an immediate answer, a revised answer, and followed by a monitor-and-adjust answer.

With Levi (Baby #2), I’m seeing a whole new world of cloth diapering options over what we had with Lucy (Baby #1) only 4 years ago. We started and ended with prefolds with Lucy. Simple, done. But with Levi, we started with prefolds and have now moved into all-in-ones. These are a little more snazzy, more stream-lined, and his pants fit properly. At 3 months, these work for him and work for us. But as the Ladies of Terra Tots (our local cloth diapering store) know all too well, I can come in at any minute and exchange the current lot for a whole new style.

Really, for me it comes down to simplicity, no leaky, freedom of movement for Levi. My friend, Rachel of Homemade and Hands on Mama, asked me and several other mamas last week about our cloth diapering preferences. The results are culminated here: http://homemadeandhandsonmomma.blogspot.com/2013/01/cloth-diapers-whats-best-brand.html Good stuff.

I do recommend checking out your local natural parenting store for advice. Terra Tots hosts a free cloth diaper workshop on the first Saturday of each month. They bring out all the styles for you to compare…helpful and eye-opening. And know that even if you end up exchanging the style you first chose, you’re still hitting those foundational goals. Every diaper helps, Mama.

- Fran (mom and diaper jockey)

Howdy neighbor! Oh Baby Foods is droppin’ by OKC.

howdy-neighborOklahoma babies, stop by the Oklahoma City Whole Foods Market to sample some Basil Babe, Pearfecto or Peachy Keen. Oh Baby Foods guarantees you’ll love’m all.

Stop by the store on Sat. Aug 4th from noon to 4pm and visit our in-store demo for samples. Be sure to bring your big brothers and sisters, too, for the Kid’s Club craft projects in the cafe. Your mom and dad will love the values going on this month! Oh Baby Food purees are on sale! So don’t miss out on the fun.

 

Living Small

eio kids cupWe’re all about local and we’re small. It takes me 7 minutes, door to door, to pedal my two wheels to work, and I love it. Every now and then, however, I find something cool that isn’t so close by and available here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. But that’s ok. I just check out Abe’s online store when I can’t find it here.

Today, I spotted a cool product while at the BHK Kafe for some fab coffee. On the counter was a snap-on cover that turns a mason jar into an instantly portable beverage container. It’s absolutely perfect for my hibiscus tea on these really hot July days, and no more hunting everywhere for the right lid to my plastic ‘to go’ cups. It’s a great time to toss those old plastic things.

Now, for the little ones, I have my eye on the EIO Kids Cup. The invitation to reuse all those food jars in my cupboard makes me really happy.

Sleeve set fit most 8 oz. glass canning jars. Check it out, Abes Market, online at http://www.abesmarket.com/kids-cup-cap-and-sleeve-set-2-pack.html